Anderlecht: eliminated against Vitesse in the preliminary rounds of the Conference League.
Racing Genk: last in the group stage of the Europa League.
Antwerp: I’m going.
Club Brugge: 4th in the groups of the Champions League.
And now KAA Gent: killed in the 1/8th final of the Conference League.
The European season of the Belgian teams was not a high flyer. And that is not without consequences. As was expected, our country will lose its direct Champions League ticket for 2023-2024.
Only a place in the top 10 (or 11, if the CL winner qualifies directly through the competition) could that doomsday scenario avoid. But the harsh reality is that after the exit of its last representative, Belgium is in 13th place in the UEFA ranking. Behind, among others, Ukraine, Serbia and Russia.
As a result, the other European tickets will also be devalued. In concrete terms: more preliminary rounds for our clubs.
The good news: the “banishment” may be limited to one year, because our dramatic European campaign of 2017-2018 will be canceled from next year.
There is, however, one big question mark… What will UEFA do with Russia’s European tickets? The banned country is currently 10th in the UEFA ranking, but the federation has not yet communicated about the future consequences.